Decoding the word ‘fear’

‘Fearful’ equals cowardly in Jesus’s eyes

The Greek word below is only used three times in the New Testament and by the Lord.

G1169   (Strong)




From δέος deos (dread); timid, that is, (by implication) faithless: – fearful.

Total KJV occurrences: 3

In the storm where Jesus tells off His disciples for being such wimps.

And in Revelations where he bundles ‘cowards’ in the same category as all those on the wrong side. The same word is used. 

Revelation 21:7-8

He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly (fearful), unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The  other Greek word Phobia for fear is used 93 times in the New Testament. A more docile fear.

G5399   (Strong)




From G5401; to frighten, that is, (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy to be in awe of, that is, revere: – be (+ sore) afraid, fear (exceedingly), reverence.

Total KJV occurrences: 93

If we fear it is because we are venerating something which is greater than ourselves.

There is nothing greater than God. So fear is idolatrous if it puts someone or something above God. No wonder the Lord bundles it in with all the other deeds He abhors.

But with all of the above, when we repent we are covered by His Blood and forgiven. 

As Kingdom people if we follow the Way, we must expect persecution. Unbelief or lack of faith is a form of fear. 

The Israelites knew the Promised Land belonged to them, but they feared the Giants. 

Giants take on all shapes and sizes in our life. 

Fear of being sacked or losing ones job

Fear of being mocked

Fear of standing up for the right and being taken out

Fear of behaving righteously

Fear of following Gods law and being persecuted

Fear of admitting wrong

Fear of poverty

Fear of standing out and being different 

Fear of disclosure 

Ask God to show you what fears you need to conquer. He will show you.

When you conquer your fears, the enemy has no hold to grab onto because you are securely connected to the Godhead.

Boom at Fear. 


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